Rebels hot after Florida athlete

Eugene "Ty" Hilton (WR, Miami, FL) - Some people say the next Devin Hester like player just happens to come out of the City of Miami and attends Miami Springs.

"When I have the ball in my hands, and we are running the string plays they have set up for me, it's pretty exciting to watch me," added the soft spoken Eugene Hilton who goes by "Ty" from friends, family, and teammates."

The cat quick athlete returned 4 punts for TD's this season and chipped in 785 yards receiving, 338 rushing, and 15 TD's.

"It is mainly what I do after the catch," added the 1st Team All-Dade selection in both football and basketball. "When I catch a hitch with the offensive line pulling, I can do a lot of things with the ball in my hands. I like to make people miss."

And making people miss is something Eugene does well on and off the field, as he is also one of the top basketball players in Dade County.

"I averaged 24.7 points and 9 assists as a junior. I had a double/double yesterday in the Jr Orange Bowl Championship game."

But the 5' 10", 165 pound athlete knows football is where he has a chance to make money.

"I like both sports equally. Really, it is all about which season is in. When it's football, I like football better. And when it is basketball season, I like hoops better (laugh). But I know where I have a chance to make a living and that is football."

Hilton had to sit out his junior season in football because he broke his collar bone that summer. His sophomore season, he led the state of Florida in interceptions with 17. Where does he project to play on the next level?

"Wide receiver. I bring a lot of quickness, and they want me to be a return specialist. That is what I do best."

Eugene's high school career came to an end last weekend in Florida's North/South All-Star game.

"I ran a punt back for a 70 yard TD and had a two catches for 68 yards. It was my last chance to suit up on this level. We had some fun out there, but I am really looking forward to getting in college."

Ty helped his football team to its best record in school history this season and looks to make that kind of impact on the collegiate level.

"It would be fun to help turn around a program like we did here. It makes it challenging and more rewarding, but I will go where they are winning too."

And where could that college be located?

"Man, that is a tough one. I really do not know. But it's looking more and more like Florida, FIU, South Carolina, or Ole Miss."

Any offers on the table?

"They are waiting for my ACT score to come back in. I need a 19 on it, but I feel like I did pretty good on it."

Has Ty set up his official visits yet?

"No, but I have tentatively set up one with Ole Miss in Mid-January."

What stands out about the Rebels?

"They are in my top three. Them, Florida, and FIU. They offered me a scholarship at the start of my season, but then their coaches got fired. I thought that was it, but Coach Nutt started calling me when he got there. He told me that he has been watching my highlight tape, and that he could not redshirt me. He said he had to have me play right away as a return specialist and a slot man. I like Ole Miss because they play in the SEC with the big schools, and I have a chance to play early."

What about the home state university, Florida Gators?

"I like their spread offense, and how they move guys around, but I have always liked Florida since I was little."

When was the last time Ty has been in phone contact with Florida?

"Early on. I have not talked to them since the dead period started. I talk to them some, but my daddy talks to them a lot. They usually call and talk to him."

When was the last time Ty's father was in contact with Florida?

"I do not know. I really do not keep up. They just want to know where they stand, and he tells them that if they want me to be a Gator, I will be a Gator."

Does Hilton feel like Florida is very interested in him?

"No, not really."

What about FIU?

"They are giving me a lot of interest. They come by and see me a lot. I like their spread offense too. It is just nice at FIU."

When was the last time South Carolina was in contact?

"They call every now and then and check up on me. They want to know if I am still interested."

Who is coming after Ty the hardest?

"Either FIU or Ole Miss."

What is Hilton looking for on the next level?

"I am looking to see how their program is run. And I have to be tight with the coaches. That is the main thing. Do I like their coaches?


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